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Cameron, Ian [2]

(?   -    ) Scots author, illustrator and graphic designer who in collaboration with George Erskine wrote the Counter Force sf tales for Young Adult readers, Beware the Tektrons (1988) and Find the Tektrons (1988). Here, in the early twenty-first century, six youngsters work together against the Alien Tektrons who have secretly ...

Hovorka, Robert L, Jr

(1955-    ) US author whose first sf novel, the Space Opera Derelict (1988), is reminiscent of Alien (1979) in its reliance on Horror in SF conventions. [JC]

Koch, Howard

(1901-1995) US playwright and screenwriter, blacklisted by Hollywood studios in 1951 for his left-wing political views; he is best known in sf circles for scripting the famous Orson Welles Radio adaptation of War of the Worlds (1938), which caused at least some US listeners to panic – though not, it would seem, to the extent conveyed in The ...

Olsen, Bob

Working name of US teacher, advertising copywriter, real estate agent and author Alfred Johannes Olsen Jr (1884-1956), who began publishing sf with "The Four-Dimensional Roller-Press" for Amazing in June 1927; this was the first of several tales in the Four-Dimensional sequence. Other tales featured Professor Archimedes Banning, whose exploits were patterned on the model of the Edisonade. One magazine story, ...

Lange, Sue

(?   -    ) US musician and author, whose Tritcheon Hash (2003) is a somewhat gonzo Satire of the modern world, featuring a female Starship pilot from a world called Coney Island to which all the women of Earth had emigrated en masse (see Feminism). We, Robots (2007 chap) is set just before the Singularity, when ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for ...

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